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Every spring, my dad would come down to breakfast and recite his favorite spring poem:

Spwing has spwung!
The gwass has wiz!
I wonder where
The birdies is!

Very high brow, my family. But all week, I’ve found the poem running in my head as we played with the focus of Begin Again and the routines, Sense You All and Firedance and our Renewal Spring Nia Jam.

You can find all playlists below and if you want to listen to them (and of course you do) just to go to Spotify! You can listen for free at Spotify! Sign up for free, follow me at “susanmcculley” and you’ll find my public playlists ~ just click and listen!

Below are the playlists for the week, but first here are some announcey-type things you want to know about:

• Downtown Morning Nia on Tue, Apr 5 AND Thu, Apr 7
ACAC is refinishing the floor in the Downtown Group Ex Studio during the first week of April. Weather permitting, I will teach on the rooftop deck on Tuesday, April 5 and Thursday, April 7, both days at 840-940am. Due to the somewhat rougher surface of the deck, we recommend wearing light shoes for these classes. Classes normally taught in Studio A will be held as usual during this time!

• Earth Day, Friday, April 22, 545-7pm, acac downtown ~ Group Ex Studio
Susan & Mary Linn are teaming up for a special class celebrating our big mama, Earth. Join us for a playful exploration of how the elements of earth, wind, water and fire manifest in movement and in our bodies.

• dance. sit. write. draw. returns! Saturday, May 7, 830am-5pm
Living life as an artist isn’t a path for some rarified few, it’s our birthright. All of us. You might have lots of experience with dancing, meditating, writing, and drawing. Or you might have none. Spending the day blending these practices is a way of opening the channel of your artist self ~ giving it some oxygen and space no matter what your experience is. Join us for a delicious day. Go to susanmcculley.com/workshops for the details and to register. Or email sjmnia@gmail.com with questions.

As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.
Dance on. Shine on.

Susan sig

*** PLAYLIST NOTE: My playlists can also be found on Spotify https://www.spotify.com/us/ by following “susanmcculley” (no space) and look for Public Playlists. Sometimes music is not available on Spotify so I may replace with another version or skip songs . ***

Monday, Mar 14, 2016, 1045am ~ Begin Again (Sense You All)

Tuesday, Mar 15, 2016, 840am ~ Begin Again (Sense You All)

Orange Sky 6:11 Alexi Murdoch
Cosmopole 6:39 Cantoma
Just Keep Me Moving 3:56 k.d. lang
Kintamani (Hanoman’s Forest Mix) 5:46 Transglobal Underground
Baya Baya 5:27 Safri Duo
Fallin’ High 6:00 Safri Duo
Marjaani Marjaani (From Billu) 5:26 Sunidhi Chauhan, Sukhwinder Singh & Pritam
New Morning 3:44 Alpha Rev
Tupelo Honey 3:37 Van Morrison
Skin Deep 4:30 Derek Trucks Band with Buddy Guy
Giuseppe Tornatore Suite: Malena (Main theme) 4:22 Yo-Yo Ma, Ennio Morricone & Roma Sinfonietta

Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016, 11am ~ Begin Again (Firedance Enhanced)

Reel Around the Sun 8:42 Bill Whelan
The Heart’s Cry 2:28 Bill Whelan
Countess Cathleen/Women of the Sidhe 5:42 Bill Whalen
Shivna 3:38 Bill Whelan
Firedance 6:04 Bill Whelan
Slip into Spring 3:47 Bill Whalen
Siamsa 4:28 Ronan Hardiman
Riverdance 5:45 Bill Whalen
Andalucia 4:22 Bill Whelan
The Mummer’s Dance 6:13 Loreena McKimmet
Aran Boat Song 5:27 Aryeh Frankfurter & Lisa Lynne
Caoineadh Cu Chulainn (Lament) 4:11 Bill Whalen

Thursday, Mar 10, 2016, 840am ~ Begin Again (Firedance Enhanced)

Reel Around the Sun 8:42 Bill Whelan
The Heart’s Cry 2:28 Bill Whelan
Countess Cathleen/Women of the Sidhe 5:42 Bill Whalen
Firedance 6:04 Bill Whelan
Slip into Spring 3:47 Bill Whalen
Siamsa 4:28 Ronan Hardiman
Riverdance 5:45 Bill Whalen
The Mummer’s Dance 6:13 Loreena McKimmet
Aran Boat Song 5:27 Aryeh Frankfurter & Lisa Lynne
Caoineadh Cu Chulainn (Lament) 4:11 Bill Whalen

Friday, Mar 18, 2016, 545pm ~ Nia Jam: Renewal

To Mend 4:42 Bluetech, Lynx, Janover
Signs 4:38 Badmarsh & Shri
Don’t Wanna Know About Evil (Don’t Wanna Know ‘Bout Evil) 5:31 Beth Orton
Kyoto Drink 4:26 MBmusic
After the Rain Has Fallen 5:03 Sting
Fallin’ High 6:00 Safri Duo
African Drug [Original Tribal Mix] 6:02 Bob Holroyd
Black Horse And The Cherry Tree 2:51 KT Tunstall
Life Is Better With You 3:19 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Little Ditty 10:18 Deep Dive Corp. Feat. Dennis Le Gree
Change 4:43 Bluetech, Katrina Blackstone
Earthian 4:14 T
When We Dance On Glass We Bleed Happily Ever After 1:23 The Frequency

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NIA?

For more information about Nia and this rich system of training and learning? Everything Nia is at http://www.nianow.com…
If you’re traveling or moving, you can find a teacher or classes wherever you’re going.
Interested in teaching or deepening your practice? Check out the Nia White Belt Training. They are offered all around the world so you can find one near you or where you may want to go!

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choosing sides meanwhile I keep dancingThis week we continued to explore the Elegant Stumbling routine and we dove deep into the focus of the side body. As always, I’d love to hear about how it feels both during and after class!

Below are all the playlists for the week and you can also find them on Spotify here you can listen to all the music for free! Follow me at “susanmcculley” and you’ll find my public playlists ~ just click and listen! No matter where you are, we can listen and dance together! Note that if you are using the Spotify app for mobile devices, the program inserts “recommended” music that is not on my original playlist. Also, Spotify doesn’t have all the music I have, so sometimes I’ll put up a different version of a song or skip it all together. Have fun with it.

A couple of things you might be like to know about:

• In an unexpected turn of events, I will be teaching tomorrow, Friday, June 26 at 9am at acac downtown, Studio A. Another chance to do some Elegant Stumbling!

Special Summer Nia (and AfroCardio and Belly Dance) Jam tomorrow, Friday, June 26, 545-7pm, acac downtown, Group Ex Studio. A triple header of three gifted teachers offering a taste of three different styles of movement: Nia, AfroCardio, and Belly Dance! Join us for three scoops of dancing! Free to members and non-members!

New Blog ~ A Thousand Beautiful Things ~ I’m going to be traveling for about half the summer, so I’ve set up a separate blog for photographs (phone camera only!), words, and essays about gratitude, beauty, mindfulness and whatever I discover on my adventures! Please join me there!

SAVE THE DATE: DANCE. SIT. WRITE. DAY SHOP HAPPENS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2015 ~ Mark your calendar for the next opportunity to spend the day playing in the intersection of movement, meditation and creativity! More details to come this summer (you can follow along at https://www.facebook.com/events/443642725810963/ ) Let me know if you have questions (sjmnia@gmail.com)

As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.

Dance on. Shine on.

Susan sig

*** PLAYLIST NOTE: My playlists can also be found on Spotify https://www.spotify.com/us/ by following “susanmcculley” (no space) and look for Public Playlists. Sometimes music is not available on Spotify so I may replace with another version or skip songs. What you find below is exactly what I used in class. ***

Monday, Jun 22, 2015, 1045am ~ Choosing Sides

Ooh Child (Alternate Version) 3:54 Beth Orton
Finally Moving 4:38 Pretty Lights
I Believe (feat. Michael Franti & Nahko) 3:23 SOJA
SuNu 5:05 Rising Appalachia
Belly Belly Nice 3:53 Dave Matthews Band
Mussiki é (Jungle Mix) 7:11 Miango
Tribal 4:09 Badmarsh & Shri
Mad World (feat. Safri Duo & Isam B) [Raaban Edit] 3:34 Michael Parsberg
I Don’t Like It, I Love It (feat. Robin Thicke & Verdine White) 3:44 Flo Rida
Dive 3:59 Steven Curtis Chapman
Unpack Your Heart 3:16 Phillip Phillips
Ooh Child ((Remix)) 3:33 Nina Simone
Everything’ll Be Alright 4:07 Catherine MacLellan
Into Dust 5:33 Mazzy Star

Tuesday, Jun 23, 2015, 840am ~ Choosing Sides

Ooh Child (Alternate Version) 3:54 Beth Orton
Finally Moving 4:38 Pretty Lights
I Believe (feat. Michael Franti & Nahko) 3:23 SOJA
SuNu 5:05 Rising Appalachia
Belly Belly Nice 3:53 Dave Matthews Band
Mussiki é (Jungle Mix) 7:11 Miango
Do Your Thing 4:45 Basement Jaxx
Mad World (feat. Safri Duo & Isam B) [Raaban Edit] 3:34 Michael Parsberg
I Don’t Like It, I Love It (feat. Robin Thicke & Verdine White) 3:44 Flo Rida
Unpack Your Heart 3:16 Phillip Phillips
Ooh Child ((Remix)) 3:33 Nina Simone
Everything’ll Be Alright 4:07 Catherine MacLellan
A Stream With Bright Fish 3:57 Brian Eno & Harold Budd

Wednesday, Jun 24, 2015, 1055am ~ Choosing Sides (Happy Birthday, John!)

Reel Around the Sun 8:42 Bill Whelan
The Heart’s Cry 2:28 Bill Whelan
Countess Cathleen/Women of the Sidhe 5:42 Bill Whelan
Shivna 3:38 Bill Whelan
Firedance 6:04 Bill Whelan
Slip into Spring 3:46 Bill Whelan
Siamsa 4:28 Ronan Hardiman
Riverdance 5:45 Bill Whelan
American Wake [The Nova Scotia Set] 3:09 Bill Whalen
Lift The Wings (clean) 5:00 Ronan Hardiman
Bonny Portmore 4:20 Loreena McKennitt
Caoineadh Cu Chulainn (Lament) 4:11 Bill Whelan

Thursday, Jun 25, 2015, 9am ~ Choosing Sides

Ooh Child (Alternate Version) 3:54 Beth Orton
Finally Moving 4:38 Pretty Lights
I Believe (feat. Michael Franti & Nahko) 3:23 SOJA
SuNu 5:05 Rising Appalachia
Belly Belly Nice 3:53 Dave Matthews Band
Mussiki é (Jungle Mix) 7:11 Miango
Do Your Thing 4:45 Basement Jaxx*
Mad World (feat. Safri Duo & Isam B) [Raaban Edit] 3:34 Michael Parsberg
I Don’t Like It, I Love It (feat. Robin Thicke & Verdine White) 3:44 Flo Rida
Unpack Your Heart 3:16 Phillip Phillips
Ooh Child ((Remix)) 3:33 Nina Simone
Everything’ll Be Alright 4:07 Catherine MacLellan
A Stream With Bright Fish 3:57 Brian Eno & Harold Budd

* I somehow goofed this, I meant to use Michael Franti’s new song, Once A Day, on Thursday. It’s a song which isn’t on any album or video. But you can listen to it on the Spotify playlist and hear an acoustic version here.

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NIA?

For more information about Nia and this rich system of training and learning? Everything Nia is at http://www.nianow.com…
If you’re traveling or moving, you can find a teacher or classes wherever you’re going.
Interested in teaching or deepening your practice? Check out the Nia White Belt Training. They are offered all around the world so you can find one near you or where you may want to go!

savoring living meditation michael grabEvery moment offers the opportunity for savoring. And at its core, savoring is an act of living meditation.

Some people make living meditation their art, like Michael Grab. But everybody can choose to be alive and awake to whatever is happening right now.

Here’s the music from a delicious week of Firedance and birthdays.

Dance on. Shine on.

Susan sig

Monday, Jun 30, 2014, 1045am ~ Savoring…Living Meditation
Firedance (Further) Enhanced

Reel Around the Sun 8:42 Bill Whalen
The Heart’s Cry 2:28 Bill Whalen
Countess Cathleen/Women of the Sidhe 5:42 Bill Whalen
Shivna 3:38 Bill Whalen
Firedance 6:04 Bill Whalen
Slip into Spring 3:46 Bill Whalen
Siamsa 4:28 Ronan Hardiman
Riverdance 5:45 Bill Whalen
Andalucia 4:22 Bill Whalen
The Mummer’s Dance 6:13 Loreena McKimmet
Aran Boat Song 5:27 Aryeh Frankfurter & Lisa Lynne
Caoineadh Cu Chulainn (Lament) 4:11 Bill Whalen

Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014, 9am ~ Savoring…Living Meditation

Fragile Beauty 4:20 Chris Coco
Sun Is Shining (Out Of Sight Remix) 7:30 ReUnited
Quero Saber (fest. Orieta Pines) 6:29 Rodney Hunter
Moon & Sun 6:02 Dalminjo Fjörd Fusioneer
Deeper (Into Places) (Silk Spinner Mix) 6:23 Afterlife
Dancing in the Dark 4:05 Bruce Springsteen
A Little Respect (Jades Alliance ‘Electrospect’ Remix) 6:31 Erasure
Played A Live 6:46 Safri Duo
And She Was 3:39 Talking Heads
Only Time 3:38 Enya
Shanti (Peace Out) 6:59 MC Yogi

Wednesday, Jul 2, 2014, 1055am ~ Savoring…Living Meditation

A Thousand Years 5:58 Sting
Kissing 6:05 Bliss
Freedom 6:31 George Michael
Hotel California 5:48 Gipsy Kings
The Sound of Sunshine 3:44 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Praise You 5:22 Fatboy Slim
Bring Me Some Water 3:54 Melissa Etheridge
Sometimes 4:06 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Stolen Car 3:58 Sting
Tom’s Diner 3:50 DNA, Suzanne Vega
Mad World 3:03 Alex Parks
Paddle and Portage 3:36 Solitudes

Thursday, Jul 3, 2014, 9am ~ Savoring…Living Meditation

Video (Main) 4:10 India.Arie
Beautiful (Radio Mix) 3:54 Audio Adrenaline
Shame (Feat. Eve And The A Group) 3:34 Jill Scott
Just the Way You Are 3:41 Bruno Mars
May all Beings 6:27 EarthRise SoundSystem
Complicated 4:07 Yonder Mountain String Band
Born This Way 4:20 Lady Gaga
Shake It (Feat. Lady Saw) (Wizzigrime Dancehall Remix) 4:16 Michael Franti & Spearhead
I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like) 3:52 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Today Is Your Birthday 3:52 Solomon Burke
Feel It All – Band Jam 3:50 KT Tunstall
Dust in the Wind 3:30 Daughter Darling
Winter 5:43 Tori Amos
Plegaria para el Alma de Layla 3:19 Pedro Aznar

PROJECT MICHAEL FRANTI TO CHARLOTTESVILLE: A COMMUNITY PROJECT OF GRATITUDE AND INVITATION

Our project of gratitude and invitation to Michael Franti is getting ready to shift to the next phase. Please do make a prayer flag this week so Rebecca can put them all together in a long strand of love. We’ll document it with photos and video, and maybe find a way to film us all dancing to one of his songs!

NIA TRAINER, JULIE WYLIE, COMING TO CHARLOTTESVILLE

We’re excited to support a weekend of classes and workshops with Nia Trainer, Julie Wylie, July 18-20 and then a Nia White Belt training September 16-22. Events will include lots of things for everyBODY as well as for belts wanting to reconnect to the principles and practices. More info coming soon. For now, mark your calendar!

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NIA?

For more information about Nia and this rich system of training and learning? Everything Nia is at http://www.nianow.com…

If you’re traveling or moving, you can find a teacher or classes wherever you’re going. 

Interested in teaching or deepening your practice? Check out the Nia White Belt Training. There is one planned in Charlottesville in September (see above) and lots of other places, too.

michael-franti-environmentalistA week of nourishment in all realms. Plus a couple of birthdays, which is always a good thing. So, have you made your prayer flag for Michael, yet?  Now is the time, my friends.  Now is the time.

Dance on. Shine on.

Susan sig

Monday, Jun 23, 2014, 1045am ~ Savoring…Nourishment

Kecharitomene 6:35 Loreena McKennitt
Duden 6:41 Natacha Atlas
Walk Into The Sun 5:21 Dirty Vegas
Blood Stud (Ray Mang Remix) 8:36 MB Disco
Firedance 6:04 Bill Whalen
Slip into Spring 3:46 Bill Whalen
Long Train Running (Groovy Dooby Mix) 5:07 DJ’s Brothers
Dalmore 3:59 Nahoo
Stranger in a Strange Land 6:20 Nahoo
Bonny Portmore 4:20 Loreena McKennitt
Caoineadh Cu Chulainn (Lament) 4:11 Bill Whalen

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014, 9am ~ Savoring…Nourishment

Wish You Were Here 6:12 Bliss
Living In The Moment 3:55 Jason Mraz
Love The One You’re With 5:03 Luther Vandross
Qalanderi 6:55 Cheb I Sabbah
Drive By 3:16 Train
Welcome to the Journey 5:04 Cybertribe
Everyone Deserves Music 4:37 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Fill Her Up 5:39 Sting Brand New Day
Hey Mama 2:59 Mat Kearney
Brand New Day 6:20 Sting
Heavenly Day 3:45 Patty Griffin
Lux Aurumque 4:16 Eric Whitacre Singers

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014, 1055am ~ Savoring…Nourishment

Human 3:04 Dionne Farris
Little Britain 5:15 Dreadzone
Hero Dead And Gone (Discotheque Mix) 4:55 De-Phazz
Don’t Say 5:47 Deep Dive Corp.
What Do You Say 5:00 Haley
A Little Bit Of Riddim (Featuring Cherine Anderson) 4:19 Michael Franti
Ali Click – Trance Mix 7:29 Brian Eno
Let It Go (feat. Ethan Tucker) 3:40 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Colour In My Name (Featuring Precise) 6:08 Spiral System
Kandi 3:34 One Eskimo
Tupelo Honey 5:37 Cassandra Wilson

Thursday, Jun 26, 2014, 9am ~ Savoring…Nourishment

A Thousand Beautiful Things 3:07 Annie Lennox
Pavement Cracks 5:10 Annie Lennox
Tears From The Moon 4:18 Conjure One Feat. Sinéad O’ Connor
Don’t Say 5:47 Deep Dive Corp.
Nostalgia Worship 6:46 Bassnectar
Brown Sugar 3:49 The Rolling Stones
Star Power (Rui Da Silva Remix) 7:56 City Reverb
Take Me to the River 6:00 Talking Heads
It’s Alright 3:28 Dar Williams
Shoofly Pie 3:57 The Wood Brothers
Life Is Better With You 3:19 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Bread And Butter 2:32 Devo
Tupelo Honey 3:37 Van Morrison & B. B. King

PROJECT MICHAEL FRANTI TO CHARLOTTESVILLE: A COMMUNITY PROJECT OF GRATITUDE AND INVITATION

Our project of gratitude and invitation to Michael Franti is getting ready to shift to the next phase. Please do make a prayer flag in the next week so Rebecca can begin putting them all together in a long strand of love. We’ll document it with photos and video, and maybe find a way to film us all dancing to one of his songs!

NIA TRAINER, JULIE WYLIE, COMING TO CHARLOTTESVILLE

We’re excited to support a weekend of classes and workshops with Nia Trainer, Julie Wylie, July 18-20 and then a Nia White Belt training September 16-22. Events will include lots of things for everyBODY as well as for belts wanting to reconnect to the principles and practices. More info coming soon. For now, mark your calendar!

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NIA?

For more information about Nia and this rich system of training and learning? Everything Nia is at http://www.nianow.com…

If you’re traveling or moving, you can find a teacher or classes wherever you’re going. 

Interested in teaching or deepening your practice? Check out the Nia White Belt Training. There is one planned in Charlottesville in September (see above) and lots of other places, too.

spring-snowWhat a week! From St. Patrick’s Day Snow Out on Monday, to 70 degrees today! I so appreciated all your feedback about your own interim time, and how you’re showing up and trusting. Way to go. I also loved, of course, all the showing up and trusting we did on the dance floor, too. Oh yes.

Below are the playlists for the week for your listening pleasure.

And for your reading pleasure, please go to Elephant Journal (send your friends, too) and check out my article that was published there this week http://www.elephantjournal.com/2014/03/in-pain-grateful-susan-mcculley/ ! Together, we can create a mindful movement that encourages people to be happier and healthier by thinking, moving, and living with awareness! I am deeply grateful for all the support and encouragement.

Dance on. Shine on.

Susan sig

Monday, March 17, 1045am ~ St. Patrick’s Day Firedance

Snowed out!  Rescheduled to Monday, June 30, 2014!  Pack up your green outfit until then!

Tuesday, March 18, 9am ~ Show Up & Trust

Sacred Light 4:56 Bob Holroyd
Rafiki (Sidewalk Mix) 6:25 Bob Holroyd
Shame (Feat. Eve And The A Group) 3:34 Jill Scott
Just the Way You Are 3:41 Bruno Mars
Don’t Say 5:47 Deep Dive Corp.
Blood Stud (Ray Mang Remix) 8:36 MB Disco
Complicated 4:07 Yonder Mountain String Band
Born This Way 4:20 Lady Gaga
Reconfluenced 6:19 Bob Holroyd
U R The Answer 5:57 Stephen Bray/ Michael Beckwith
Terrapin 4:31 Bonobo
27 Words 4:23 Bob Holroyd

Wednesday, March 19, 1055am ~ Show Up & Trust

Sacred Light 4:56 Bob Holroyd
Rafiki (Sidewalk Mix) 6:25 Bob Holroyd
Shame (Feat. Eve And The A Group) 3:34 Jill Scott
Just the Way You Are 3:41 Bruno Mars
Don’t Say 5:47 Deep Dive Corp.
Blood Stud (Ray Mang Remix) 8:36 MB Disco
Born This Way 4:20 Lady Gaga
Reconfluenced 6:19 Bob Holroyd
U R The Answer 5:57 Stephen Bray/ Michael Beckwith
Terrapin 4:31 Bonobo Brave
Plegaria para el Alma de Layla 3:19 Pedro Aznar

Thursday, March 20, 9am ~ Show Up & Trust

Sacred Light 4:56 Bob Holroyd
Rafiki (Sidewalk Mix) 6:25 Bob Holroyd
Shame (Feat. Eve And The A Group) 3:34 Jill Scott
Just the Way You Are 3:41 Bruno Mars
Don’t Say 5:47 Deep Dive Corp.
Blood Stud (Ray Mang Remix) 8:36 MB Disco
Complicated 4:07 Yonder Mountain String Band
Born This Way 4:20 Lady Gaga
Reconfluenced 6:19 Bob Holroyd
U R The Answer 5:57 Stephen Bray/ Michael Beckwith
Let It Go – Africanized Cover (feat. One Voice Childrens Choir) 3:01 Alex Boyé
27 Words 4:23 Bob Holroyd

Friday, March 21, 545pm ~ Spring Nia Jam: May Ur Brave Soul Rise (Taught by Mary Linn, Loring and Susan from the routines Soul, Brave, U, Rise and a little of Bailando)

Medicine Man’s Other Room from Soul by Oliver Shanti & Friends
May You Walk In Sunshine from Soul by Sacred Spirit
Red Storm Rising from Soul by Douglas Spotted Eagle
Victory Dance from Soul by Mystic Rhythms Band
Beautiful (Radio Mix) from Brave by Audio Adrenaline
Born This Way from Brave by Lady GaGa
Reconfluenced from U by Bob Holroyd
U R The Answer from U by Stephen Bray & Michael Beckwith
People Rise from Rise by Rapsody
Om Namo Bhagavate from Rise by David Lurey
Forgiving from Bailando by Parijat

Saturday, March 22, 9am ~ C’mon Spring!

Reel Around the Sun 8:42 Bill Whalen, Riverdance
Rafiki (Sidewalk Mix) 6:25 Bob Holroyd
Don’t Say 5:47 Deep Dive Corp.
Drive By 3:16 Train
Drop 4:56 Cornelius
Siamsa 4:28 Ronan Hardiman, Riverdance Enhanced
Black Horse And The Cherry Tree 2:51 KT Tunstall
Centerfield 3:51 John Fogerty
Stairway To Heaven 8:03 Led Zeppelin
Let It Go – Africanized Cover (feat. One Voice Childrens Choir) 3:01 Alex Boyé
Lydia 5:58 Tim Story

resistance we are all artists nowWho knew that the resistance could be so much fun?  Nice to know that those uncomfortable feelings just mean we’re on the right track.

So, for our video selections this week, first, the Song of the Week (a.k.a. A Private Gathering of the Silly Creatures, and quite possibly the best music video I’ve seen all year), Do It Anyway by Ben Folds Five. (In another life, I will play piano like this and get to dance with Fraggles.)

A lovely accoustic version of Lyle Lovett’s You Can’t Resist It — complete with cello!  Mmm-hmm.

And, Switchfoot’s This Is Your Life — a song that I got from my mentor, teacher and friend, Helen Terry.

This week, a happy, belated, Firedance birthday to John and a welcome to Charlottesville Nia to my longest Portlandia friend, Zan!

Next week, I’ll be away — hiking in the mountains. All my ACAC classes, including on July 4 will be covered by the amazing Nia Team, so check the ACAC Schedule page for the details. Happy 4th and I’ll see you the following week.

EnJOY, every-body!
xoxo
Susan

Rush the Resistance – Monday, Jun 24, 2013, 1045am

This Is Your Life – 4:18 – Switchfoot
Deeper In – 3:15 – Aluta & The Mystics
Calling – 5:52 – Bliss
Lovers House – 4:49 – City Reverb
One World, One People – 4:43 – Xcultures
City of Light (Reverso 68 Remix) – 5:53 – City Reverb
Shakin’ It Up – 6:15 – Ganga Girl
Do It Anyway – 4:23 – Ben Folds Five
You Can’t Resist It – 3:11 – Lyle Lovett
Shine – 4:12 – Joshua
Speck of Gold – 5:37 – Afterlife
Song Of The Nile – 8:00 – Dead Can Dance

Rush the Resistance – Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013, 9am

This Is Your Life – 4:18 – Switchfoot
Deeper In – 3:15 – Aluta & The Mystics
Sun Is Shining (Out Of Sight Remix) – 7:30 – ReUnited
Find It (Featuring Farda P.) – 5:46 – Rodney Hunter
City of Light (Reverso 68 Remix) – 5:53 – City Reverb
Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) (DJ Escape & Tony Coluccio Club Remix) – 6:57 – Beyonce
Shakin’ It Up – 6:15 – Ganga Girl
Do It Anyway – 4:23 – Ben Folds Five
Bodyrock – 3:36 – Moby
Shine – 4:12 – Joshua
100 Billions Stars – 5:10 – Lux

Rush the Resistance (Firedance, belated for John’s birthday and summer!) – Wednesday, Jun 26, 2013, 1055am

Reel Around the Sun – 8:42 – Bill Whalen, Riverdance
The Heart’s Cry – 2:28 – Bill Whalen, Riverdance
Countess Cathleen/Women of the Sidhe – 5:42 – Bill Whalen, Riverdance
Shivna – 3:38 – Bill Whalen, Riverdance
A Mhuirnín Ó – 5:01 – Clannad
Firedance – 6:04 – Bill Whalen, Riverdance
Slip into Spring – 3:46 – Bill Whalen, Riverdance
Siamsa – 4:28 – Ronan Hardiman, Riverdance II
Riverdance – 5:45 – Bill Whalen, Riverdance
The Flowing Bowl/Marie Breatnachs #1/The Doon/The Mason’s Man – 3:55 – Solas
Lift the Wings – 5:00 – Bill Whalen, Riverdance
The Buzzard – 3:50 – Old Blind Dogs

Rush the Resistance – Thursday, Jun 27, 2013, 9am

This Is Your Life – 4:18 – Switchfoot
Deeper In – 3:15 – Aluta & The Mystics
Calling – 5:52 – Bliss
I Know I’m Not Alone – 4:04 – Michael Franti, Spearhead
One World, One People – 4:43 – Xcultures
Ghosts in My Machine – 3:33 – Annie Lennox
The Thing That Helps Me Get Through – 4:35 – Spearhead, Michael Franti
Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) (DJ Escape & Tony Coluccio Club Remix) – 6:57 – Beyonce
Never Coming Home – 5:00 – Sting
Do It Anyway – 4:23 – Ben Folds Five
You Can’t Resist It – 3:11 – Lyle Lovett
Drive – 3:53 – Incubus
Speck of Gold – 5:37 – Afterlife

warrior-2Happy Spring, everybody! This week, we played with equilibrium: feeling the balance of opposing forces in the body and in our days. It felt both good and challenging to notice the sensation of pull and push in the body, to be fully engaged, and then to fully let go. Equilibrium, it turns out, also requires trust. If we allow ourselves to really reach in one direction, can we trust that the opposing force that will keep us from toppling over will be there? It is a practice, to be sure.

Below please find both the playlists from the week as well as the poem I shared in classes by John O’Donohue (thank you, Bev!) called For Equilibrium.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions and how I can help more.
Love,
Susan

For Equilibrium by John O’Donohue

Like the joy of the sea coming home to shore,
May the relief of laughter rinse through your soul.

As the wind loves to call things to dance,
May your gravity be lightened by grace.

Like the dignity of moonlight restoring the earth,
May your thoughts incline with reverence and respect.

As water takes whatever shape it is in,
So free may you be about who you become.

As silence smiles on the other side of what is said,
May your sense of irony bring perspective.

As time remains free of all that it frames,
May your mind stay clear of all its names.

May your prayer of listening deepen enough
To hear in the depths the laughter of God.

Equilibrium (Firedance) – Monday, Mar 18, 2013, 1045am

Reel Around the Sun – 8:42 – Bill Whalen
The Heart’s Cry – 2:28 – Bill Whalen
Countess Cathleen/Women of the Sidhe – 5:42 – Bill Whalen
Shivna – 3:38 – Bill Whalen
A Mhuirnín Ó – 5:01 – Clannad
Firedance – 6:04 – Bill Whalen
Slip into Spring – 3:46 – Bill Whalen
Siamsa – 4:28 – Ronan Hardiman
Riverdance – 5:45 – Bill Whalen
American Wake [The Nova Scotia Set] – 3:09 – Bill Whalen
Lift The Wings – 5:00 – Ronan Hardiman
Bonny Portmore – 4:20 – Loreena McKennitt

Equilibrium – Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013, 1045am

Coming Back To Life – 6:19 – Pink Floyd
Whole Thing – 5:27 – Big Blue Ball
Lovers House – 4:49 – City Reverb
Sometimes – 5:14 – Kaskade
Adouma – 4:29 – Angelique Kidjo
One Billion Hands – 4:05 – Lourds Lane
It’s Alright – 3:28 – Dar Williams
Do Your Thing – 4:45 – Basement Jaxx
More Than This – 4:07 – 10,000 Maniacs
Shining Path – 7:23 – Dreadzone
World Spins Madly On – 2:45 – The Weepies
Devorzhum – 6:13 – Dead Can Dance

Equilibrium (Big Blue Ball for Robyn) – Thursday, Mar 21, 2013, 9am

Altus Silva – 6:07 – featuring Joseph Arthur, Ronan Browne, Deep Forest, James McNally, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Vernon Reid
Whole Thing – 5:27 – featuring Francis Bebey, Alex Faku, Tim Finn, Peter Gabriel, Karl Wallinger, Andy White
Habibe – 7:12 – featuring Natacha Atlas, Hossam Ramzy, Neil Sparkes, The Hossam Ramzy Egyptian Ensemble (Adel Eskander, Wael Abu Bakr, Momtaz Talaat)
Shadow – 4:28 – featuring Juan Cañizares, Papa Wemba
Exit Through You – 5:52 – featuring Joseph Arthur, Peter Gabriel, Karl Wallinger
Everything Comes From You – 4:42 – featuring Richard Evans, Joji Hirota, Sevara Nazarkhan, Sinéad O’Connor, Guo Yue
Burn You Up Burn You Down – 4:31 – featuring Billy Cobham, Peter Gabriel, The Holmes Brothers, Wendy Melvoin, Arona N’diaye, Jah Wobble
Spring Street – 4:52 – Dar Williams
Rivers – 5:45 – featuring Vernon Reid, Márta Sebestyén, Karl Wallinger
Devorzhum – 6:13 – Dead Can Dance

Equilibrium – Friday, Mar 22, 2013, 9am

Coming Back To Life – 6:19 – Pink Floyd
Living In The Moment – 3:55 – Jason Mraz
Quero Saber (fest. Orieta Pines) – 6:29 – Rodney Hunter
Drifting Away (Paradiso Mix) – 5:07 – Faithless
Drive By – 3:16 – Train
Drop – 4:56 – Cornelius
Deeper (Into Places) (Silk Spinner Mix) – 6:23 – Afterlife
Do Your Thing – 4:45 – Basement Jaxx
Stairway To Heaven – 8:03 – Led Zeppelin
Proud – 4:30 – Heather Small
Father I Know (Mix 1) – 3:08 – Jamie Catto
Peace & Harmony – 5:29 – Relaxation Harmony & Wellness

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